LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda mother of four, who said in court she has lost legal custody of her four children since her arrest, was sentenced to three years’ probation Friday for driving with them while her ability was impaired by alcohol.
Michelle A. Lorenc, 46, of Wall Street, had been allowed to plead guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and impaired driving after originally having been indicted on a felony violation of Leandra’s Law.
The children – ages 9, 10, 13 and 16 – were in the vehicle March 2, 2012, when North Tonawanda police pulled her over.
Defense attorney Michele G. Bergevin said she thought Lorenc might have been acquitted at trial, but Lorenc was determined to plead guilty “as part of her recovery,” the attorney said.
“The truth will set us free,” Lorenc said. “I was arrogant and self-centered.”